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COSIT, the Conference on Spatial Information Theory, is one of the key conference series that has marked the evolution of GIS from geographic information systems to geographic information science. The conference grew out of meetings organized by the U.S. National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), in 1988 to 1990, and especially the NATO Advanced Study Institute held in Las Navas, Spain, in 1990. This COSIT “zero” led to the establishment of a regular, biannual conference with the theme “Spatial Information Theory: A Theoretical Base for GIS.”

Las Navas: The Beginning

The NATO Advanced Study Institute in Las Navas del Marquez (near Avila, Spain) in 1990 was a starting point for the recognition of the role of scientific theory and spatial cognition in the geographic information ...

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